Burton Albion F.C.

Burton Albion F.C.
Full name Burton Albion Football Club
Nickname(s) Brewers
Founded 1950 (1950)
Ground Pirelli Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,912 (2,034 seated)
Chairman Ben Robinson
Manager Nigel Clough
League Championship
2015–16 League One, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page

Burton Albion Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. The team play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Burton Albion competed in the non-League of English football from their formation in 1950 until 2009, when they were promoted to the Football League.

The club's home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005, and their nickname is The Brewers, stemming from the town's brewing heritage dating back hundreds of years.


Burton Albion were formed in 1950, and joined the Birmingham & District League.[1] They finished the 1953–54 season as runners-up, and in 1958–59 joined the Southern League North Western zone.[1] In 1965–66 Burton missed out on the runners-up place on goal difference, but were still promoted to the Southern League Premier Division.[1] They avoided relegation in 1968, thanks to Stevenage Town folding, but were relegated to Division One after an unsuccessful 1969–70 season.[1] Burton missed out on promotion on goal average in 1970–71, but finished as runners-up the following season and were promoted back to the Premier Division.[1] The next two seasons saw them relegated, and then promoted back to the Premier Division again.[1] They stayed in the same division until being relegated once more at the end of 1976–77.[1] League rearrangements saw Burton moved to the Northern Premier League, because of their location in the central Midlands, and then back to the Southern League in 1987–88, the season after losing in a replayed FA Trophy Final to Kidderminster Harriers.[1] In October 1998, Nigel Clough was appointed as player-manager [2] and he led the club to two successive runners-up spots, in 1999–2000 and 2000–01.[1] Burton were again moved to the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2001–02, which they won by a margin of 15 points, scoring 106 goals in the process.[3] The club were promoted to the Football Conference for the first time.[1]

Albion in action against Gillingham in the final match of the 2012–13 season

The club was brought to national attention when they were drawn at home against 11-times winners Manchester United in the third round of the 2005–06 FA Cup. The Brewers held the Premier League team to a 0–0 draw at home, but lost the replay 5–0 in front of over 11,000 Burton fans, setting a record for number of away fans at Old Trafford.[4]

In January 2009, with Burton 13 points clear at the top of the table, Clough left Burton to become the manager of Derby County, with Roy McFarland installed as caretaker manager until the end of the season. Despite this managerial change, Burton went on to set a league record for the most consecutive wins, and in February 2009, when the team was 19 points clear at the top of the table, Conference sponsors Blue Square declared Burton the winners of the 2008–09 title in a PR stunt in which they paid out all bets. Following that announcement, the club saw their lead reduced week by week, but secured promotion to the Football League in the final game of the season, despite losing 2–1 away to Torquay United when Cambridge United could only manage a goalless draw to Altrincham. At the end of the season Roy McFarland left the club and was replaced by Paul Peschisolido, with Gary Rowett acting as his assistant. Burton's first win in the Football League was 5–2 against Morecambe at the Pirelli Stadium and they finished 13th in their first campaign in the Football League. In their second season Burton claimed a notable scalp in the FA Cup third round when they knocked out Championship team Middlesbrough 2–1 at the Pirelli Stadium. In the league, Burton experienced a 17-game winless run and fell from 5th place on Boxing Day to 17th place at the end of the 2011–12 season, which led to the sacking of Peschisolido.

Gary Rowett was appointed as the new manager of Burton in May 2012. In his first full season in charge, he led Burton to a fourth-place finish and the play-offs, missing out on automatic promotion by two points. Burton lost their play-off semi-final 4–5 on aggregate to Bradford City despite winning the first leg 3–2 at Valley Parade. In the 2013–14 season, Burton finished 6th, reaching the play-off final in which they lost 1–0 against Fleetwood Town.

During the 2014–15 season, Rowett left to join Birmingham City, and was replaced by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.[5] Under Hasselbaink the Brewers won League Two and were promoted to League One for the first time in their history.[6][6][7] Hasselbaink left by mutual consent in December 2015 to join Queens Park Rangers as manager. Clough returned to Burton to replace him for his second spell as manager and led the club to a second-place finish in the league, earning promotion to the Championship, another first for Burton.[8]


Main article: Pirelli Stadium

Albion began life at the Lloyds Foundry ground on Wellington Street, but high attendances meant that the club quickly searched for a more suitable home. Eton Park was built off Derby Road and officially opened on 20 September 1958, coinciding with the club's promotion to the Southern League. Until its demolition in 2005, the Brewers played all their home games at Eton Park.

The Pirelli Stadium on Princess Way was built in 2005 and is the current home of the Brewers, replacing Eton Park, also on the same road, which was demolished and developed into housing.[9] The ground cost £7.2 million to build, and was built on the former site of the Pirelli UK Tyres Ltd Sports & Social Club. The land was donated to the club by Pirelli in return for naming rights,.[9]

The ground was designed by architect Jon Hawkeye, and has served as the inspiration for numerous newer grounds, including Morecambe's Globe Arena, and the proposed Hayes & Yeading stadium.[10] It gained its most recent safety certificate from Staffordshire County Council on 12 July 2010,[11] having been subject to crowd trouble on 8 May 2010 at the hands of Grimsby Town fans following their relegation from Football League Two.[12]

The Pirelli Stadium has seen minor capacity changes since its construction, and the current capacity is 6,912, with 2,034 being seated in the South (Main) Stand. The current record attendance for the stadium stands at 6,450 for an EFL Cup match against Liverpool on 23 August 2016.[13] Previous records include 6,192 for a Conference National 1–0 defeat against Oxford United, during the club's title-winning season,[14] and 6,191 for an FA Cup third-round match on 8 January 2006 against Manchester United.[15]

The stadium also hosts the National ISFA Under-13 tournament final.


In their non-League days the Brewers' local rivals were Gresley Rovers,[16] Nuneaton Borough, Stafford Rangers[17] and Tamworth. However, since the club's rise to the Football League these rivalries have become less intense.

Following promotion to the Football League, local rivalries with Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, Notts County, Chesterfield and Walsall have arisen. Except for Notts County, all these clubs had been rivals to Albion's predecessor, Burton United in the early 1900s. There is also a largely friendly rivalry with Derby County, partly because of the shared fanbase, but particularly following the transfer of manager Nigel Clough to the Championship club in 2009 and the arrival of several ex-Derby players during the Paul Peschisolido era.

Their 2016 promotion into the Championship will result in matches with local big clubs Nottingham Forest and Wolves, who last faced Burton United in the 1906–07 season, as well as with Derby and Aston Villa.


As of 16 May 2016.[18][19][20]

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Jon McLaughlin
2 Northern Ireland DF Tom Flanagan
3 England DF John Brayford (on loan from Sheffield United)
4 England DF John Mousinho (captain)
5 England DF Kyle McFadzean
6 England DF Ben Turner
7 Jamaica MF Lee Williamson
8 England FW Chris O'Grady (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
9 England FW Stuart Beavon
10 England FW Lucas Akins
11 England MF Lloyd Dyer
12 Northern Ireland FW Jamie Ward (on loan from Nottingham Forest)
13 England GK Stephen Bywater
No. Position Player
14 Republic of Ireland DF Damien McCrory
15 England MF Tom Naylor
16 England MF Matt Palmer
17 Republic of Ireland MF Callum Reilly
18 England FW Will Miller (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
19 England MF Hamza Choudhury (on loan from Leicester City)
21 England MF Ben Fox
22 England MF Marcus Harness
23 Republic of Ireland DF Ryan Delaney
25 England DF Shaun Barker
26 England MF Joe Sbarra
27 England GK Harry Campbell
36 Australia MF Jackson Irvine

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Sam Hornby (on loan at Kidderminster Harriers)
England DF Phil Edwards (on loan at Oxford United)

Development squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
28 England FW Charlie Gatter
30 England DF Marcus Dinanga

Player of the Year

As voted for by supporters of the club.[21]

  • 1971 England Bobby Goodwin
  • 1972 England Phil Annable
  • 1973 England John Beresford
  • 1974 England Frank Gregg
  • 1975 England Phil Annable
  • 1976 England Brendan Phillips
  • 1977 England Phil Annable
  • 1978 England Barry Alcock
  • 1979 England Phil Annable
  • 1980 England Ken Blair
  • 1981 England Bryan Kent
  • 1982 England Owen Bell

  • 1983 England Clive Arthur
  • 1984 England Paul Evans
  • 1985 England Doug Newton
  • 1986 England Alan Kamara
  • 1987 England Alan Kamara
  • 1988 England Ian Straw
  • 1989 England Nick Goodwin
  • 1990 England Nick Goodwin
  • 1991 England Mark Owen
  • 1992 England Nick Goodwin
  • 1993 Scotland Alan Kurila
  • 1994 England Nick Goodwin

1 Matt Duke and Christian Moore joint recipients of 2003 award.

Backroom staff

Club officials

Position Staff
Chairman Ben Robinson (BEM)
Board of Directors Frank Spiers
Philip Brown
Charles Simpson
Paul Simpson
Rob Brown
Ian English
Terry Clarke
John Williams
Colin Brodie
Commercial manager Fleur Robinson

Last updated 2 August 2010.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | Who's Who
Includes staff currently registered with club only.

Position Name
Team Manager Nigel Clough
Assistant Manager Andy Garner
Goalkeeping Coach Martin Taylor
Youth team manager Vacant

Last updated 29 April 2015.
Source: Burton Albion | Team | Management
Includes staff currently registered with club only.

Club honours



1Before re-arrangement of non-League pyramind to include Conference North/South.
Source: Burton Albion | Club | History | Honours | Club Honours

Personnel records

Top goalscorers

As of 20 September 2010 (competitive matches only):

# Name Career Goals Apps Average Source
1 England Richie Barker 1960–62, 1963–67 159 270 0.58 [23]
2 England Stan Round 1963–67 149 199 0.75 [24]
3 England Darren Stride 1993–2010 124 646 0.19 [25]
4 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 101 588 0.17 [26]
5 England Simon Redfern 1987–97 86 457 0.19 [27]

Top Football League goalscorers

As of 6 December 2012 (Football League matches only):

# Name Career Apps Goals
1 Northern Ireland Billy Kee 2011–2014 95 37
2 England Shaun Harrad 2005–2011 62 31
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma 2009–2013 155 26
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo Calvin Zola 2010–2013 79 25
5 England Greg Pearson 2008–2012 89 19
6 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 108 18
7 England Justin Richards 2011–2013 48 12
8 England Russell Penn 2009–2011 81 7
= Jamaica Cleveland Taylor 2009–10, 2011–2013 69 7
= England Sam Winnall 2010–2011 19 7

Appearances and goals count for Football League only.
Source: Burton Albion, The Football League

Other goalscoring records

Most appearances

As of 15 June 2012 (competitive matches only):

# Name Career Apps Goals Source
1 England Darren Stride 1993–2010 646 124 [25]
2 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 588 100 [28]
3 England Phil Annable 1970–80, 1981–83 567 70 [29]
4 England Nigel Simms 1981–1993 535 11
5 England Nick Goodwin 1988–95, 1997–99 508 0

Most Football League appearances

As of 17 March 2016. (Football League matches only):

John McGrath, 123 Football League appearances.
# Name Career Apps Goals
1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jacques Maghoma 2009–2013 155 26
2 Republic of Ireland John McGrath 2007–2013 123 4
England Andrew Corbett 2003–2013 123 2
4 England Jimmy Phillips 2009–2015 121 5
5 England Aaron Webster 1998–2013 108 18
6 Wales Tony James 2007–2012 99 1
7 Australia Shane Cansdell-Sherriff 2013–2014;
93 2
8 England Greg Pearson 2008–2012 89 19
9 England Ryan Austin 2005–2012 81 2
England Adam Bolder 2010–2011 81 4
England Russell Penn 2009–2011 81 7

Appearances and goals count for Football League only.
Source: Burton Albion, Football League


Full International Players

Burton Albion players who have represented their country while contracted to the club.


As of 2nd April 2016
Name From To Record
Reg Weston June 1950 July 1957
Sammy Crooks 1957 1957
Bill Townsend 1957 1962
Peter Taylor 1962 1965
Alex Tait 1965 1970
Richie Norman 1970 1973
Ken Gutteridge 1973 1974
Harold Bodle 1974 February 1976
Mick Walker 1976 1978
Ian Storey-Moore 1978 1981
Neil Warnock January 1981 February 1986
Brian Fidler 1986 1988
Vic Halom 1988 1988
Bobby Hope 1988 1988
Chris Wright 1988 1989
Ken Blair 1989 1990
Frank Upton (caretaker) 1990 1990
Steve Powell 1990 1991
Brian Fidler 1991 1992
Brian Kenning 1992 1994
John Barton 1994 September 1998
Nigel Clough October 1998 6 January 2009 709 310 101 298 43.72
Roy McFarland 6 January 2009 18 May 2009 22 9 3 10 40.91
Paul Peschisolido 18 May 2009 17 March 2012 102 33 26 43 32.35
Gary Rowett 17 March 2012 27 October 2014 142 63 34 45 44.37
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 13 November 2014 4 December 2015 54 33 11 10 61.11
Nigel Clough 7 December 2015 present 20 10 5 5 50.00


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